Toronto City Mayor Rob Ford (right) is followed by his lawyer Dennis Morris as he makes his way to a council meeting at Toronto on Wednesday. Chris Young/Canadian Press
Newly released police documents reveal more allegations about mayor Rob Ford's erratic behaviour. Several people who worked around the mayor or who say they were in his presence during incidents of allegedly inappropriate behaviour have given police interviews. None of the allegations detailed in the documents has been proven.
You can read the documents by clicking on this link: Brazen ITOs - Redacted (36MB .pdf). Warning: extreme language. Also note that the documents contain allegations not proven in court.
The following are some of the details they gave to police:
Police say they were told by Ford's former special assistant of communications, Isaac Ransom, that the mayor appeared to be close to a young, attractive blond woman named Alana. The documents say that she was in the mayor's office and was suspected of being an escort or prostitute. She had hashish and marijuana on St. Patrick's Day 2012, which the mayor wanted to use, the documents say. (Page 154, 155)
The police documents, citing an interview with Ford's former chief of staff, Mark Towhey, say that the mayor got upset with then deputy chief of staff Earl Provost and former adviser Brooks Barnett on St. Patrick's Day in 2012. Police state in the report that Towhey told them the mayor pushed Provost down and drew his hand back, as if preparing to punch him. The report, citing Towhey, says Ford rushed at Barnett and pinned him to the wall and also cocked his fist like he was going to strike him. (Page 71)
According to the police documents, Barnett and Provost told Ransom the mayor took a taxi to a bar and hurled racist epithets at the driver along the way, calling him a "Paki," mocking him with fake-language sounds and throwing business cards at him. (Page 155)
Police say they were told that the mayor arrived at the Bier Markt on St. Patrick's Day 2012 and was given The Merchant Room, a private room at the back. A waiter interviewed by police is quoted in the report as saying that he went into the room to deliver an order of poutine and believed he saw the mayor appearing to snort cocaine, or heard sniffing sounds. (Page 101, 102)
Police say that Ford's former assistant Chris Fickel told them he was called around 9 p.m. in October 2012 to fix a computer at the mayor's home. The report says Fickel saw the mayor light up a joint and offer it, eventually smoking it alone. Police say that Fickel told them he knew it was marijuana from the smell. According to the documents, former executive assistant told Towhey he found a joint in the mayor's desk drawer. It disappeared about four or five days later, the documents say. (Page 116, 141)
Police say they were told by Fickel that he was regularly called upon last minute to change lightbulbs at the mayor's home, or replace the batteries in his kids' toys. He is cited in the police report describing several duties, including buying cigarettes, bleach, laundry detergent and Diet Coke for the mayor's wife. (Page 110)
The mayor once stopped his car to drink a "mickey" of vodka with Gatorade, Fickel says, according to the police documents. In a police interview, staffer Kia Nejatian told police that he and former events co-ordinator Jennifer Dwyer arrived to pick the mayor up at his house. Nejatian told police he stayed at Ford's house, and that Ford drove away with Dwyer in the car. Nejatian told police Dwyer messaged him saying Ford was not driving properly and that she was "scared." In a subsequent interview with police however, Dwyer denied Ford was impaired and said she was not scared.
(Page 73, 133)
Police say they were told that the mayor has also asked another staffer, Nico Fidani, to buy vodka for him and deliver it to his home. Fickel is cited in the police as saying this was common for the mayor to ask young staffers to buy him Iceberg vodka. (Page 95. 114, 115, 135)
In the police document, Ransom says Ford's mood changed quickly after being removed from the Bier Markt bar on St. Patrick's Day 2012. Ransom says the mayor broke down and began crying about his father. Police say they were told that the mayor has also phoned Kia Nejatian once or twice from his father's grave, and sounded like he was crying. (Page 135, 155)
Police say that according to Ford staffers, the mayor targeted his former special assistant, Olivia Gondek, in crude sexual remarks on the evening of St. Patrick's Day 2012. The police documents say that inappropriate comments continued around 4 a.m. at City Hall, when the mayor told a female guard he was going to perform a sexual act on her. (Page 156)